Written by: Richard Lenski
Primary Source: Telliamed Revisited
As I mentioned in my previous post, it can be a fun challenge to explain your scientific research to people who aren’t scientists.
A week or so ago I came across a website that challenges you to explain something complicated using only the thousand most commonly used words.
My team works with really tiny things that live in little bottles. We watch the tiny things change over time – over a really long time. The tiny things that do the best have learned to eat their food faster and faster, before the other guys can eat their lunch, so to say. Well, the tiny things don’t really learn, but it’s kind of like learning – and even better, the best ones pass along what they learned to their kids. A really cool guy came up with the idea of how this works more than a hundred years ago. My team’s work shows he got it pretty much right. But there’s a lot of stuff he didn’t know, and we’re figuring that out, too.
Give it a try, and add your contributions in the comments below!